AP News reports:
A top economic surrogate for Republican presidential candidate John McCain doesn’t think people are paying much attention to what people like her have to say. In discussing McCain economic adviser Phil Gramm’s remarks about the U.S. becoming a “nation of whiners” and suffering a “mental recession,” former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was dismissive of the source. “Outside of Washington, where this is an interesting parlor game, I think most Americans are not really focused on what a bunch of surrogates are saying,” Fiorina said on “Meet the Press” on NBC. “They’re focused on what the candidates are saying.”
Of course, John McCain is talking out of both sides of his mouth on most economic policy issues. Well maybe he did a stand on Social Security when he called the program a disgrace. But I do think we can get a clue as the economic policies of any potential new Administration by looking at who his economic advisors are during the campaign. Which is why it is a smart move to distance oneself from Phil Gramm as much as possible. But how in the world is Carly Fiorina in the least bit qualified as an economic advisor? Her degree is an MBA from the University of Maryland and the peak of her career was to be the CEO of Hewlett-Packard – a position she left lost on February 9, 2005. What has she done since then? Oh yea – she gets to comment on business matter over at the Fox Business Network. Not exactly a stellar resume for an economic advisor but she would have fit in well in the Bush43 White House.